External evaluation (of schools)

DEFINITION 1: External evaluation of schools: is conducted by evaluators who report to a local, regional or central/top education authority and who are not directly involved in the activities of the school being evaluated. Such an evaluation covers a broad range of school activities, including teaching and learning and/or all aspects of the management of the school. Evaluation which is conducted by specialist evaluators and concerned with specific tasks (related to accounting records, health, safety, archives, etc.) is not regarded as external evaluation of the school.
SOURCE: Abridged from European Commission/EACEA/Eurydice (2015). Assuring Quality in Education: Policies and Approaches to School Evaluation in Europe. Eurydice Report. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.
HYPERLINK:  http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/education/eurydice/documents/thematic_reports/178EN.pdf

DEFINITION 2: The evaluation of a VET intervention conducted by entities and/or individuals outside the VET providing organizations
SOURCE: Adapted from DAC (2010) Glossary of Key Terms in Evaluation and Results Based Management, OECD.
HYPERLINK:  http://www.oecd.org/development/peer-reviews/2754804.pdf

RELATED TERMS: evaluation, impact evaluation, process evaluation, self-assessment, self-evaluation 

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